Ex–Niger Delta militants and agitators have expressed readiness to storm South Africa to retaliate the killings of Nigerians and protect those that are trapped and stranded.
This was revealed by a “Commandant General Riverine Security”, Bibi Oduku, in a press statement issued on Monday, Sept 16, in Abuja.
Oduku said that more than two thousand Coast Guard officers and ten thousand ex-militants have shown interest to invade and occupy South Africa if the situation degenerates to war.
He said that the group was just waiting for a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
He said that the group would resist any attempt to dehumanizing, killing and harassing Nigerians in the South Africa.
According to Oduku, “Two thousand Coast Guard officers are waiting for Mr. President and the Chief of Army Staff to give the nod and they will be in South Africa to ensure that no Nigerian is further harassed, molested or killed by Xenophobic South Africans.
“Ten thousand ex-militants have also pledged their readiness to go to South Africa as foot soldiers if the situation degenerates to war, we know that our army is more than ready to tackle any aggression from any country, our service is only to compliment.
He stated that Riverine Security in collaboration with the Joint Task Force has been working hard in reducing the activities of illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, sea piracy, criminal activities, kidnapping and other vices in the creeks of Niger Delta.
According to Oduku, “Riverine Security with the Joint Task Force has eradicated many criminal groups and oil bunkering boats in the creeks and we are putting security majors in place for the safety of electoral officers, materials, youth coppers, votes and voters in the upcoming Bayelsa State governorship elections.
“We have begun enlightenment campaigns in the creeks of Bayelsa State on the need for citizens to abstain from electoral violence, promising that trouble makers will be swiftly apprehended and handed over to the Nigerian Police Force for prosecution.
He warned troublemakers to steer clear of the state during and after the election noting that whoever that is planning to rig, cart away ballot boxes would be decisively dealt with.